Open Rank Professor of Sustainability (Tenure Line)

Georgetown University

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Location: Washington, DC

Open Date: Oct 12, 2022


The Earth Commons (ECo Institute) within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) seeks to hire a tenure line faculty member at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The faculty member will be based within the ECo Institute, with their tenure home within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

The window of opportunity for reducing the human impact on the environment and mitigating climate change is closing. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C to prevent irreversible environmental damage requires knowledgeable scientists, researchers, and policymakers who understand the urgency of the situation and can develop and devise attainable solutions, communicate sustainability plans, and implement conservation strategies.  At this point, there is common recognition that solving most environmental problems requires some incorporation of sustainability planning and scholarship.

The ideal candidate is an interdisciplinary scholar whose background includes Sustainability science, environmental systems, and/or materials science but also has demonstrated ability to connect with related areas of sustainability. This includes engaging with policymakers, implementing strategies and solutions through partnerships with stakeholders, and communicating research and planning activities to diverse audiences. The successful candidate would develop a strong research program at the interface of multiple areas, including but not limited to areas such as sustainability science and policy, materials science, waste science, life-cycle design and assessment, product design, energy systems, food systems, water and marine systems, ecosystem services, urbanism and ruralities, and environmental systems dynamics.

We are looking for a scholar with a stellar record of research and fundraising, who is on track for a distinguished career within their own discipline and has potential to contribute significantly to interdisciplinary efforts.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of communicating their academic research both to the general public and to policymakers in person, as well as through the media. They will also have experience teaching students using experiential and active learning techniques.

This faculty member would contribute to the development and delivery of our innovative pedagogical and experiential components for the new undergraduate curricula, and would help connect our various environmental and material science faculty with the ongoing work of the Earth Commons and the Office of Sustainability.  We seek an individual who can lead efforts to communicate complex sustainability-relevant science and scholarship to a broad audience, with demonstrated success in innovative broad outreach and a passion for building capacity within the Earth Commons. 

The successful applicant will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to teaching and research and will have a strong commitment to securing funding for building a successful research program. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research of many programs on campus. Besides shaping the content of new courses and contributing to program development that meets the needs of the newly launched Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management (, the faculty member would also contribute to other emerging interdisciplinary environmental programs and degrees of the ECo Institute – an undergraduate major, university wide minor, and other master’s concentrations. 

The ECo Institute is a rapidly growing entity and will be located, at least in part, on the downtown capital campus. This position with a focus on Environmental Sustainability is central to Georgetown’s efforts to be a leader in environment and sustainability, teaching and in action. All of the candidates must possess a Ph.D., have a strong academic background and a demonstrated potential for excellence in research grant acquisition. 

As the ECo Institute looks to grow its faculty, it is building bridges with schools and programs across the university. In that regard, this new tenure line hire will join the Georgetown community as part of a broader faculty cluster hire of at least four faculty (three tenure and one non-tenure line) in the Environmental Sciences. The ECo Institute is committed to hiring dedicated scientists who will be able to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in the areas of Environmental Science, Climate Science, Environmental Economics, and Sustainability, and to develop new impactful programs and degrees. Joint appointments will be made between the ECo Institute and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with the McDonough School of Business, the School of Foreign Service, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other relevant STEM departments and units. 

Application Instructions

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements (latter two documents not to exceed two pages each), a diversity and inclusion statement (one page), names and contact information of three referees, and recent teaching evaluations (if available). All candidates must hold a PhD by the time of employment. The start date for this position is August 1, 2023. Applications for this position must be made via Georgetown’s online application management system Faxed, mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. 





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development